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Marcos Garcia turned pitcher and accepted that; Saw four pro seasons, made AA, later turned pitching coach

Marcos Garcia 1990 Peninsula Pilots card, Garcia pitching

Marcos Garcia grew up a shortstop. But, signed by the Mariners, they turned him into a pitcher, The San Bernardino County Sun wrote in 1991.

"My love of the game is hitting," Garcia told The Sun then. "(But) I'm beginning to enjoy the game as a pitcher. Now that I'm doing this, I accept the fact that I am a pitcher."

Garcia eventually saw four pro seasons as a pitcher and made AA. He then went on to a post-playing career putting those pitching skills to use, as a pitching coach.

Garcia's career began in 1989, signed by the Mariners as a free agent out of his native Dominican Republic.

Garcia started with the Mariners in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He went 4-5, with a 2.75 ERA over 13 starts.

He then moved to high-A Peninsula for 1990. He saw 36 outings, seven starts and went 4-5, with a 2.75 ERA.

For 1991, he saw 20 starts at high-A San Bernardino and six at AA Jacksonville. He went 10-12 between them, with a 3.68 ERA. Garcia then returned to Jacksonville for five more outings in 1992 to end his career.

By 1996, he was working as a minor league pitching instructor with the Diamondbacks. In 2000, he was back with the Mariners at short-season Everett as pitching coach. 

As pitching coach at Everett in 2004, Garcia assessed his team to The Everett Herald

"Pretty much everybody (was pitching well in Peoria)," Garcia told The Herald. "It's still early, but we're looking pretty good right now."

Garcia is recorded as turning Giants rookie league coach in 2010 and 2011. In 2014, he became a coach in high school, at Agua Fria Union High School in Arizona.

"I am super excited about this opportunity," Garcia told The West Valley View after being hired at Agua Fria. "I have been in the game for a long time. I am super energetic and I look forward to bringing that energy to Agua Fria."

Marcos Garcia 1990 Peninsula Pilots card, Garcia pitching

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,180
Made the Majors:1,377-32.9%
Never Made Majors:2,803-67.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:559
10+ Seasons in the Minors:343

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